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Leah Thompson

A Film About China's 'Back to the Land' Movement

China is among the fastest urbanizing countries in the world. But a new documentary shows that many former city-dwellers are trying to revitalize the countryside.

Frank Mullin

A Providence Library Becomes a Sort of Secular Church

Athenaeums—membership libraries—might seem like fusty relics of the 19th century. But the Providence Athenaeum has become a lively center for intellectual engagement.

Courtesy of Catherine McNeur

When Gentrification Meant Driving the Hogs Out of Manhattan

In 19th-century New York, urban livestock were perceived as a threat to the image and future of the nation's largest city.

Next Economy
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In the Search for Affordable Childcare, Location Is Everything

The cost of center-based services for children varies widely throughout the U.S., and so can the availability of financial assistance for low-income families.

Gustav Hoiland/Flagship Photo

Is This What 'Innovation' Looks Like?

As cities go wild for innovation, Boston's award-winning District Hall tries to distill the concept into physical form.

George Eastman House

The Death and Life of the 13-Month Calendar

Favored by leaders in transportation and logistics, the International Fixed Calendar was a favorite of Kodak founder George Eastman, whose company used it until 1989.

AP images

On Immigration, Gaining the Support of Mayors Is as Much Practical as It Is Political

Cities with large foreign-born populations are likely to process the bulk of applicants following Obama's executive order.

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In Southwest Chicago, Environmental Groups Must Also Grapple With a Sluggish Economy

After working together to shut down a pair of coal plants, three grassroots organizations no longer see exactly eye to eye on the best way forward for their community.

Flickr/That Hartford Guy

Go to ... Hartford, Young Man?

The financial prospects of young adults in the U.S. look pretty grim across the board. But not in Hartford.

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A Nerve-Jangling Free Climb Up a Towering Romanian Deathtrap

Precarious handholds on this 919-foot chimney include dangling cords and a ladder that's come loose from the wall.

Jeff J. Mitchell/Reuters

Is Memphis Making (Another) Massive Mistake With Its Pyramid?

A giant Bass Pro Shops outlet is set to move into the infamous landmark. But the city could be on the hook for millions if the deal falls apart.

Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

The Incredible Shrinking Incomes of Young Americans

Millennials aren't saving money because they aren't making money.

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Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists

A look at America's leading arts hubs and their roles in economic development.

Flickr/Amiga-Commodore

Another Blow for Atlantic City: It Lost United Airlines

What losing the non-stop Chicago and Houston routes means for the long-term future of a betting city.

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A Power Grid Failure Left Detroit Government Buildings in the Dark. Again.

More than 900 sites, including fire stations, hospitals and schools, were left without power Tuesday.

Chicago Is a Wonderland of Fat-Themed Businesses

Fat Daddy's, Fat Sam's, Fat Tony's, Fat Ricky's, Fat Boys, Fatty Magoo's... what's behind this celebration of big-bonedness?

1Week1Project

A Sky-High Memorial to Qatar's Rising World-Cup Death Toll

Each building stone represents one deceased Nepalese migrant worker.

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Is 'Millennial Brain Drain' Reversing in Mid-Size Cities?

Young people who moved away to build their careers in the early aughts are seeing new potential to contribute—and flourish—in their home cities.